Thank Folk It’s Friday – 19th December


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival have added more artists to their 2015 lineup including Heartstring QuartetJarlath Henderson & Ross Ainslie, The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Aniar, Edwina Hayes, Enda Kenny Band, Jenny Biddle, Justin Bernasconi, Karavana Flamenca, La Mauvaise Reputation, Oh Pep!, Siskin River, Stray Hens and ZeoN. Details here

– Dan Arnott (Dan and Amy) and Al Parkinson have come together to record a really sweet duet “I Wish That I Hadn’t Met You Through Him”. Details here

Rhiannon Giddens released her very unique version of “Black Is The Color”. Details here

Laura Marling announced plans for a new album in 2015, Short Movie. Details here

Bluesfest revealed their fifth artist announcement including Justin Townes Earle, Steve Smyth, Donavon Frankenreiter, Ash Grunwald, Karl S. Williams and many more. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Mark Moldre released his new video “Madeleine”. Details here

Marlon Williams capped off a massive year with the release of his new single “Dark Child”. Details here


“First cab off the rank is a wonderfully fun, fast and very toight outfit from Canberra called Moochers Inc. As Rafe Morris says in the interview, they’re a band for dancing, singing and drinking with — during the show, and before and after if the mood takes you and them” – Rafe Morris from Moochers Inc. chats to Bill Quinn. Interview here


– It was another cracker year for folk and acoustic music in 2014 and putting our top 25 list was so difficult. But we managed to whittle the list down – check out our picks here

– We reached out to musicians across the folk spectrum, from local singer-songwriters to internationally acclaimed folk stars, to pick their top album of 2014 and the response, as always, has been amazing. Check out our Artists’ Top Albums of 2014 here

– Our Editor-in-Chief Gareth Hugh Evans picked his top 25 tracks of 2014. Check out his full list here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Gulgong Folk Festival


Australia’s best kept summer festival secret kicks off on Boxing Day and features the likes of The Bearded Gypsy Band, Daniel Champagne, Crooked Fiddle Band, Genevieve Chadwick, String Theory and many more in the historic town of Gulgong. And best of all? The Gulgong Folk Festival is completely free!

Friday 26th to Sunday 28th December – Gulgong, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars
Friday 19th December – The Great North Trading Post, Laguna, NSW
Sunday 21st December – The Welcome Hotel, Rozelle, NSW

Gulgong Folk Festival
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th December – Gulgong, NSW

Friday 19th December – Jive, Adelaide, SA

Friday Folk Flashback

“Here We Come a Wassailing” – Kate Rusby

The next track in our Christmas Friday Folk Flashback series is the traditional English carol “Here We Come a Wassailing” (translated to “Here We Come a Caroling” for our American friends). The tradition of going door to door singing Christmas carols in return for food, drinks and blessings is still alive and well throughout the world – I know next week I’ll be pulling on my Santa hat, warming up my vocal chords with a whisky or two and belting out my fa-la-la-la-la’s. Who knows – maybe I’ll be knocking on your door.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th December


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Tonight The Davidson Brothers will be joined by The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats and Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes for a Summer Pickin’ Party in Melbourne. Details here

– Hunter Valley festival the Gum Ball have announced their first round of artists for 2014 including Jinja Safari, Adrian Edmondson’s Bad Shepherds, Nicky Bomba, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Lindi Ortega and many many more. Details here

Jack Carty is throwing Christmas party in Sydney this Monday with The Falls, Maples, Iluka, Rosie Catalano, Achoo! Bless You, Luke Wellington, Andrew Brown and James Blow. Details here

Imogen Clark has announced a co-headline tour of NSW this January and February with singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan. Details here

– More artists have been added to the Port Fairy Folk Festival lineup including Pieta Brown, The Waifs’ Donna & Vikki’s side project The Stray Sisters, the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Flying Emus and many more. Details here

– Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder has announced dates for a solo Australian tour. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Cass McCombs has revealed his new single “Big Wheel”. Details here

Emma Davis has released the stunning new video for her stunning new track “Stand Tall”. Details here

– Americana singer-songwriter Robert Ellis has released his new single “Only Lies”. Details here

José González released his new video “Stay Alive” from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty soundtrack. Details here

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes are heading out on tour in January to launch their new album Black Coffee. Details here

– Next April and May Boy & Bear will be heading out on a massive national regional tour. Details here

– Watch the new video from Darren Cross, “Hit The Quit”. Details here

– Adelaide folkies The Timbers have a new single, “Things to Come”, and are hitting the road throughout January. Details here

Simone Felice has revealed his new single “Molly-O!” featuring members of The Lumineers from his upcoming album Strangers. Details here

– The National Folk Festival has added a bunch more artists for 2014 including Rory McLeod, Old Man Luedecke, Tift Merritt, Heath Cullen, The Barons of Tang, Richard Perso and more. Details here


We revealed the top albums of 2013 according to Timber and Steel’s contributors. Read the piece here

Our favourite artists let us in on what they pick as their top album or EP of 2013. Read the piece here

Our Editor in Chief Gareth Hugh Evans chose his top 25 songs of 2013. Read the piece here

Gigs Next Week

April Maze w/ Cisco James
Tuesday 24th December – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC

Festival of Small Halls w/ Jordie Lane and Rose Cousins
Friday 20th December – Degilbo Hall, Degilbo, QLD
Saturday 21st December – Boonarga Cactoblastis Hall, Chinchilla, QLD
Sunday 22nd December – Mt Mee Public Hall, Mt Mee, QLD

Jack Carty Christmas Party feat. Jack Carty, The Falls, Maples, Iluka, Rosie Catalano, Achoo! Bless You, Luke Wellington, Andrew Brown, James Blow
Monday 23rd December – 505, Sydney, NSW

Little May
Friday 20th December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st December – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Summer Pickin’ Party feat. The Davidson Brothers, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Friday 20th December – The Curtin Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

The Morrisons
Thursday 26th December – The Vic, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Fairytale Of New York” – Christy Moore

Probably the greatest secular Christmas song ever sung by one of the greatest singers in the world. Merry Christmas everyone!

Artists For Sydney’s Folk Club This Wednesday 26th September

Bellyache Ben and the Steamgrass Boys
Image Courtesy of Bellyache Ben and The Steamgrass Boys

Ladies and Gentlemen, Folk Club is Back! After taking a break for the last three weeks Sydney’s premiere regular folk and acoustic night will return to the Oxford Art Factory this Wednesday 26th September, bigger and better than ever.

If you’re anything like us you’ve been trying to fill the mid-week music void but nothing has quite measured up so we’re so chuffed that Folk Club is not only back it’s also jam packed with artists we love. Headlining the night will be Sydney’s best loved bluegrass extraordinaires Bellyache Ben and the Steamgrass Boys (above) who will be pickin’ and pluckin’ their way into the hearts and minds of the Folk Club faithful. Joining them will be Laneway, who are smack bang in the middle of their album launch tour (check out our interview with them here), and Ryan Collings who has been wowing crowds for some time now with his unique singer-songwriter sounds.

And if that’s not enough this Wednesday’s Folk Club also sees our very own Gareth Hugh Evans officially take over the hosting duties as Emma Swift heads off on her Stateside adventures. Gareth is no stranger to the Folk Club stage having filled in for Emma a couple of times this year so he should be in fine form as he chats to Bellyache Ben and the Steamgrass Boys about their music and gives them a chance to tune while he waffles on.

Folk Club kicks off around 8pm in the Gallery Bar at The Oxford Art Factory this, and every Wednesday. Entry is free, although tips for the artists are part of what keeps them coming back, and we recommend you get there early as the place fills up fast. Can’t wait to see you all at Folk Club!

Artists For Sydney’s Folk Club This Wednesday 29th August

The Former Love
Image Courtesy of The Former Love

You may not be aware but this Wednesday’s Folk Club at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney is going to be the last for a month as the organisers take a break to regroup, reinvigorate and refresh in time for what is going to be an awesome summer of folk music. Which means if you’ve been umming and ahhing about coming down this is your last chance for a while – so you better grab ahold with both hands.

As always Folk Club is serving up a fantastic selection of music this week with the headline spot occupied by Sydney indie-folkers The Former Love. Joining them will be Folk Club founders The Falls, fresh from their tour with Passenger and the ever dapper, ever charismatic Brendan Maclean.

This week’s Folk Club will be officially hosted by our very own Gareth Hugh Evans who has filled in on hosting/interviewing duties at the last minute for a couple of weeks now but will actually going into this one fully prepared. The boys from ARTHEORY will be there as always videoing the night so make sure you dress up in your finest in case you become web famous. The night will kick off at around 8pm and entry is free although tips will be greatly appreciated and a hat will be passed around during the night.

For more details check out the official Facebook invite here.

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